Ornament Magazine

VOL37.1 2014

Ornament is the leading magazine celebrating wearable art. Explore jewelry, fashion, beads; contemporary, ancient and ethnographic.

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34 ORNAMENT 37.1.2013 ROSE PIN of sterling silver and eighteen karat gold; 5.4 x 5.6 centimeters, 2006. Photograph by Ralph Gabriner. BROOCH of eighteen karat gold and Alaskan white coral; 8.1 x 5.1 centimeters, 1998. this deliberative conscious act of limitation is found in many enduring works of art, as it does so well with LoeberÕs. Carol Sauvion, Executive Director and creator of the PBS series Craft in America is a close friend of Ken Loeber and Dona Look, his wife and partner. She has known them from the 1980s when they began to show in Freehand, SauvionÕs craft gallery in Los Angeles. Regardful of their attachment as friends, I asked Sauvion to make a statement in tribute to the Racine Art Museum exhibition. ÒKen Loeber and Dona Look are special artists. Since they met in high school, they have been together, making, thinking about and discussing their work, Ken as a master metalsmith and jeweler and Dona as one of AmericaÕs finest and most skilled basketweavers. Both artists have received honors bestowed on only the finest practitioners in their respective fields. Their partnership has included collaboration on the Loeber/Look line of production jewelry as well as a communion of spirit that supports and enhances the work they produce alone. They live in a very rural area of northern Wisconsin surrounded by birch forests and enriched by the beautiful vertical log cabin that Ken lovingly restored for them, their vegetable garden and a long pool in which to enjoy the fleeting warmth of the summer months. ÒLife for Ken and Dona and their son Reid in a completely artistic environment was perfect until the day, when Ken suffered a massive stroke in the middle of the night and Reid kept him awake and alive while Dona summoned help. That event changed Ken, Dona and ReidÕs life immeasurably. The aftermath of the stroke was difficult and a true artistic challenge for Ken, Dona and Reid. Almost as proof of the power of art to heal, Ken Loeber is a stronger, more expressive, deeper talent than ever he has been. Dona LookÕs baskets are more refined, singular, personal, complex, and exquisite. Reid Look-Loeber follows in his parents footsteps armed with a knowledge of jewelry production and a thirst for travel and the arts. ÒWhen Craft in America traveled to northern Wisconsin in 2006 to film Ken and Dona, Ken was struggling with ways to continue to make his jewelry. His brother-inlaw engineered a special vice for him that allowed him to work with only one hand.

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